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The dangers of working light duty (Part 2)

A railroad may offer a worker light duty as soon as an injury occurs at work. By keeping the employee on the payroll, the railroad avoids the need to report a lost time incident to the Federal Railroad Administration. This practice can be very danger… Read More
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The dangers of working light duty (Part 1)

Many railroads offer injured employees light duty assignments so they can work prior to being released by the doctor to return to their regular duties. In some cases, the light duty assignment involves nothing other than reporting to work and sitting… Read More
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Time limit under the FELA

Under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”), no action may be brought against the railroad unless it is commenced within three years of the date of the accident. This means that an employee, or his dependents if the employee loses his l… Read More
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The importance of worker solidarity

“An injury to one is the concern of all.” – slogan of The Knights of Labor, circa 1880?s This slogan is perhaps of greater importance in the railroad industry than most other industries in America. Railroad workers are not covered by workers’… Read More
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Filling out the railroad incident report

As soon as possible after suffering an injury at work, a railroad employee should fill out an accident report. Most railroads have formal rules requiring that the accident report be filled out promptly after any injury. Failure to complete the report… Read More
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Always report your injuries at work

The first item on our checklist of what to do when you are hurt at work is to report the injury. Immediately tell co-workers on your crew that you were injured, and point out to them conditions in the workplace that contributed to the accident. Your… Read More
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Workplace Injury Checklist

Every railroad employee should know the proper steps to take when suffering an injury at work. Below is a checklist of some of the basic things to remember. I will discuss each point in more detail in later posts. If you suffer an injury at work, or… Read More
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